No matter what you think about Social Networking sites, the success of the concept is not only an era defining moment for this particular generation, but will also have far wider social implications over the next decade or so.
Of course, thereâ€™s also a chance that in 30 years time Social Networking might look as ridiculous as shoulder pads, perms, Rubikâ€™s cubes and only having three television channels do now, Â but thatâ€™s an argument for another day.
TheÂ issue I have sometimesÂ with Social Networking sites is that thereâ€™s an awful lot of content to digest and itâ€™s sometimes hard to find the information I need quickly. So when 11 Lions was approached by a new Social Networking site that’s dedicated to football, I was intrigued enough to try it out.
Iâ€™ve been using the English version of BeSoccer over the past week and I have to say that Iâ€™ve been impressed. Theyâ€™ve adopted a â€˜one stopâ€™ approach to being a fan thatâ€™s already been a massive success in Spain â€“ as well as being having features that should be very familiar to users of the bigger Social Networking sites (creating a profile, searching for an encouraging your friends to join etc.), there are options to create your dream team, play a variety of games Â and â€“ arguably most important to a stats freak like me â€“ BeSoccer has an incredibly comprehensive active database of World and European Leagues. For example, Iâ€™ve learned a lot about the Honduran Clausura this week.
Having translated most of the content from Spanish there is an emphasis on football from Spanish speaking areas and there are some admittedly minor linguistic issues. However, even without a working knowledge of Spanish (itâ€™s fair to say mine is limited to â€˜helloâ€™ â€˜goodbyeâ€™ and â€˜two beers pleaseâ€™) BeSoccer is easy to navigate â€“ although there are some links that direct you to content free pages – well designed and has a thorough selection of customisable options. For example, if you want to include the latest Premiership tables on your blogÂ or website,Â you can select the colours and layout you want and the HTML code is autogenerated. Simply cut and paste and youâ€™ll be able to see that teams starting with â€˜Wâ€™ arenâ€™t doing very well this season.
Iâ€™m happy to recommend BeSoccer to 11 Lions readers â€“ thereâ€™s a very good chance that niche Social Networking sites will be the next big thing and as BeSoccer is the first football one that Iâ€™ve come across then itâ€™s highly likely it has the potential to become incredibly successful amongst fans of all ages from all over the world.
So if anyone wants toÂ findÂ me,Â joinÂ BeSoccer and look forÂ kingtrips29!